Texas lawmakers want to criminalize gender-based child welfare

Some lawmakers are stepping up efforts to restrict gender-affirming child care, reports The Hill, with at least three new bills aimed at classifying the treatment as child abuse. Health news from New Hampshire, Montana, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio will also be reported.

The Hill: Texas Bills seek to add criminal penalties for gender-affirming healthcare and drag performances

At least three bills tabled Monday in Texas House would designate gender-affirming care for minors as child abuse under state law, and another would eliminate liability insurance for providers who prescribe drugs to treat gender dysphoria in minors. (Migdon, 11/16)

Dallas Morning News: Safety, sex education and school funding: Lawmakers file dozens of K-12 bills

Several bills address how school leaders can respond to students with a history of violent behavior or mental health issues, including HB 34, filed by Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands. The bill would codify a requirement for every elementary and secondary school to establish an annual “Classroom Safety Review Committee” that could oversee school safety initiatives and even refer students with a history of violence to law enforcement or alternative schools. (Mangrum, 11/16)

In other health news from the US –

New Hampshire Bulletin: “Family Glitch” Fix Makes Thousands of Granite Staters Requalify for Cheaper Insurance

The open enrollment window to purchase subsidized healthcare from the federal government opened on November 1st and runs through January 15th. Here’s the bigger news: A fix for the so-called “family bug” means thousands more people can now qualify for cheaper insurance – but don’t know. (Timmin, 16.11.)

Billings Gazette: Montana Health Department sued after public records request was denied

Disability Rights Montana filed a lawsuit against the state health department Wednesday after the agency denied a request for public records regarding the hiring of Mike Randol, director of Montana’s Medicaid and health programs. (Schabacker, 16.11.)

Bloomberg: New Jersey’s Controversial Horizon Healthcare Expense Program Bill Reaches $75 Million

New Jersey has paid $75 million for a controversial health-care cost-cutting program that has come under fire from unions and was the subject of a contract dispute between the state Treasury Department and its health insurer last year, a letter from the state’s auditor shows. (Tozzi, 16.11.)

The CT mirror: CT expands supportive living for adults with disabilities

All her life, Bethanne Debellis knew she didn’t want to go into a group home. She wanted the independence to make decisions — like when to go to bed and how to decorate her kitchen. But she still needed some support, so her only option was to live at her parents’ home in West Hartford until a new supportive living facility opened in Bloomfield earlier this year. (Monk, 17.11.)

Columbus Dispatch: Child sexual assault, abuse in Ohio is rampant

Thousands of children in Ohio are sexually abused each year, and dozens of reports are made daily to child protection and law enforcement officials in the state’s 88 counties. For the past few years, child rights advocates have been investigating nearly 10,000 reports of child sexual abuse annually, an analysis by USA TODAY Network Ohio shows. That number is close to the child population of the cities of Mansfield or Delaware. (Laird, DeMio, and Bruner, 11/15)

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